2005 Shannons Summer Auction
Lot
2

1968 Jaguar 340 Saloon

$5,500

Sold

Specifications

Engine In-line 6-cylinder, 3442cc
Gearbox 3-speed automatic
Body Work Saloon
Colour Cream

Description

This lot is no longer available

The Jaguar Mark II was the original compact sports saloon, offering exceptional performance, roadholding and style at an extremely competitive price. One of the most revered and successful Jaguars ever made, the Mark II proved a hit with the public and was still selling strongly ten years after its introduction.

The final flowering of the legendary Mark II Jaguar was unveiled in September 1967, the revised models known as the 240 and 340 (the 3.8-litre option was deleted). Distinguishable externally by the slimmer bumpers and hubcaps from the S-Type, mechanical changes were limited to ribbed camshaft covers on the XK engine and a new Borg Warner Model 35 automatic transmission.

In production for just two years before the new XJ6 was unveiled, the 340 is quite rare and just 2,265 examples were built with right-hand drive. A road test by Autosport in 1968 proved just how quick the 340 was, with 0-100km/h coming up in 8.8 seconds and a top speed of 200km/h ? not bad even by the standards of today. The 340 is an excellent choice today, offering all the technical developments and improvements made to the Mark II over the life of the model such as the all-synchro gearbox and Varamatic power steering.

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